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    Default Vibratosax user experiences

    This is a new vibratosax thread for discussion of the actual saxes now that people have started receiving them.

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    Already I've heard that there's another make out there that's a little cheaper that allegedly gets parts from the same factory:

    competition*


    *joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumps View Post
    Already I've heard that there's another make out there that's a little cheaper allegedly gets parts from the same factory:

    competition
    Grumps is a bad, bad boy!

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    I'd like to sink some money into this, but it would be a drain on my resources right now - it'll have to wait until I'm flush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Howard View Post
    I'd like to sink some money into this, but it would be a drain on my resources right now - it'll have to wait until I'm flush.
    He He

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Howard View Post
    I'd like to sink some money into this, but it would be a drain on my resources right now - it'll have to wait until I'm flush.
    come to think of it ............wasn't it what John Crapper said about his famous business before he started it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumps View Post
    Already I've heard that there's another make out there that's a little cheaper that allegedly gets parts from the same factory:

    competition*


    *joke
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumps View Post
    Already I've heard that there's another make out there that's a little cheaper that allegedly gets parts from the same factory:

    competition*


    *joke
    Genius, man, really genius.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumps View Post
    Already I've heard that there's another make out there that's a little cheaper that allegedly gets parts from the same factory:

    competition*


    *joke
    Abu the Flutemaker has come a long way.

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    how's the clarinet book coming up?

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    I'm just waiting on a bass to low C, a German system and ( possibly ) a Basset Horn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Howard View Post
    I'm just waiting on a bass to low C, a German system and ( possibly ) a Basset Horn!
    I've got all of the above!
    F*** the notes, go for the tone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Peryagh View Post
    I've got all of the above!
    Ooh...I'll keep that in mind

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    Since we are transitioning to reviews in this thread I decided to copy and paste my initial impressions of the A1 from the other thread.

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    Well, my A1 has arrived! Looks like a handful slipped through and got shipped to the US back on the 19th!

    Mine DOES play out of the box, but will need some tweaks before it really plays. The included mouthpiece played alright with it, but the stock ligature wouldn't work with the Vandoren Blue box that I put on it (too small). Slapped the bonade that I use on my C** and had no problems. I also played it with the Scroll Shank C** and a Yamaha 4C, all three worked and so far the 4C has the best tone. The little rubber bumper that sits on the bottom of the G# key touch was off, but that was it.

    Let me start by saying I only played it about 30 minutes before heading to my tech. I am still rather stunned by the fact this thing plays and for such a pioneering venture I am very impressed. My tech really enjoyed looking it over and noted a couple issues that had escaped me in my fascination.

    1. The octave mechanism - The rod that holds the linkage together was either bent in transit or is not too rigid. The entire assembly flexes when the mechanism is activated (looks like a bent rod). It still seems to work (although the neck doesn't vent very high, may just need a shim).

    2. F key - Doesn't vent as openly as the other lower stack keys. When he attempted to adjust the key height there was no way to back off the adjustment screws any farther than they were already set. He noticed some little risers located under the adjustment screws, but we didn't fiddle with removing or altering these.

    3. Low C# venting with low B and Bb - This one seemed straight forward enough, there was a missing bumper on the arm that links the B and C#. My tech added a rubber bumper and it seemed to resolve the issue.

    That's it so far! There are a couple issues to resolve, but I had a blast blowing on the horn. I look forward to hearing what others have to say about theirs. I also didn't get to run it against a tuner so will try to get around to that this evening. I may also try posting photos of the 'problem' areas to better communicate the issues.

    I'm starting to wonder if it is time to start a new thread now that the vibratosax is arriving in the hands of consumers. Better yet, is it time to create a Vibratosax subforum? A new and innovative product such as this is going to generate a TON of discussion as players and techs add their thoughts and opinions on the horn. One thread of 23+ pages is going to get weighted down awefully quick... Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cymru97 View Post
    Well, my A1 has arrived! Looks like a handful slipped through and got shipped to the US back on the 19th!
    Video? Recordings?

    Congrats... they look and sound legit and will probably only get better.

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    Do we have a firm setting on price and when they will be out on the open market?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zombie View Post
    Do we have a firm setting on price and when they will be out on the open market?
    actually, both things have been already settled, Vibratosax has a price and he is selling them, as one could gather form several of our last posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milandro View Post
    actually, both things have been already settled, Vibratosax has a price and he is selling them, as one could gather form several of our last posts.
    Ah yes but with 3 different threads and 40+ pages I was hoping that someone could save me several hours of trawling and simply repost the price here. Also I did not know if the sax was only available to dealers/professional players first before being available to armature mugs like myself
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    Great idea Cymru97, many thanks.

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    What are these going to cost? B
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